Don't Stay in the Dark
Okay, here's the part where things get sort of serious.
More and more Edmontonians are getting HIV—yet nobody's talking about it. That's actually a big part of the problem. Many of the people spreading HIV don't even know they're HIV positive, because testing and prevention aren't on their minds. In fact, 21% of Canadians with HIV don't know their status.
Life with HIV today keeps getting more manageable—but it's still not something you'd choose. HIV is no longer a death sentence, but there's no cure. Expect lifelong follow-up with doctors, daily medications—some with undesirable side-effects—and dealing with the stigma people living with HIV still face today.
Some people know they might be HIV-positive but avoid getting tested because they don't want to deal with that reality. This could put your partners at risk—and have a negative impact on your health. Getting diagnosed and starting treatment early can help prevent potential long-term health issues.
So what can you do about it? Start talking about HIV—both with friends and with partners before hooking up. Get tested regularly. And if you or your partner haven't been tested lately, use a condom. It's that simple. Really.